Women's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, December 28

Dec. 29, 2011

No. 5 Maryland Downs Lafayette, 84-36

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brene Moseley scored 12 points and No. 5 Maryland remained unbeaten after a 84-36 rout of Lafayette on Wednesday in the first-round of the Terrapin Classic.

The Terps (12-0) will play the winner between No. 19 Delaware and East Carolina in the championship game on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center.

Alyssa Thomas scored 11 points and Tianna Hawkins had her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland. Essence Townsend and Lynetta Kizer added 10 points each.

The nation's leader in field-goal shooting, the Terps shot 56 percent in building a 51-13 halftime lead. They finished at 50 percent for the game.

Lafayette (4-8) shot just 12 percent in the first half, scoring a season-low first-half points and missing its first seven shots. The Leopards improved to 22 percent for the game.

No. 12 Miami Routs Holy Cross, 89-49

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)- Riquna Williams scored 18 points to lead No. 12 Miami to an 89-49 win over Holy Cross in the first round of the Miami Holiday Classic on Wednesday night.

In their first game since a 25-point loss at No. 15 Georgetown on Dec. 21, the Hurricanes broke the game open with an 18-2 run midway through the first half. Stefanie Yderstrom's second of two 3-pointers capped the spurt and gave Miami a 36-17 lead with 3:47 remaining.

During the run, Miami held Holy Cross without a field goal for 8:39 until Brisje Malone's jumper with 3:13 left in the half.

"My team answered the call," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "We're fixers and you'll notice the record here, we fix it right away. To wait seven days and not being able to fix it right away was frustrating for us."

Yderstrom and Shenise Johnson each finished with 17 points for the Hurricanes (10-2). Johnson also had 10 rebounds and seven assists, and extended her consecutive games double-figure scoring to 83.

Virginia Stifles Wagner, 84-41

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) paced the Virginia offense with 23 points and the Cavaliers' defense did the rest as UVa stifled Wagner, 84-41, in its first game of the Marriott Cavalier Classic on Wednesday at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers improved to 11-2 overall, continuing their best start since the 2008-09 squad opened with a 14-2 record. UVa also remained undefeated at home (8-0) and held an eighth-consecutive opponent to less than 60 points.

With 26 steals, Virginia tied the school record for steals in a game (Dec. 4, 1990 vs. Old Dominion).

Wagner is now 2-10 on the season.

UVa will face UMass in the championship game of the tournament on Thursday (Dec. 29) at 7 p.m. Elon and Wagner will play in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m. prior to the title game.

Florida State Races Past Yale

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Sparked by a 20-point performance from Alexa Deluzio and the first career double-double from Chelsea Davis, the Florida State women's basketball team raced past Yale, 92-58, on Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles enacted revenge on the Bulldogs, who upset them, 91-85, in New Haven, Conn., in their matchup last season.

This year's meeting was never close, as FSU jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the game's first nine-and-a-half minutes. Yale tried to push the pace and stifle Deluzio by hounding her with ball pressure the entire length of the court, but the junior guard sliced and diced her way through the Bulldogs to tie her season-high with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while also dishing five assists.

FSU shot a season-best 62.3 percent from the floor and outscored the Bulldogs, 60-8, in the paint, as Davis led the way in the post for the Noles in her first career start, totaling 12 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.

Kastanek Leads NC State To Victory Over FGCU

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Marissa Kastanek's season-high 22 points was just enough for NC State in a 69-64 victory over Florida Gulf Coast in the first game of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Wednesday night from Stan Sheriff Center.

After giving up all of a 17-point second-half cushion, NC State (8-3) scored the final five points of the game, including a mid-court steal and fast break layup from Kastanek with 1:10 to go that for all intensive purposes was the game's deciding bucket.

Bonae Holston iced it with a layup in the paint with 23 seconds left on her third offensive rebound of the sequence after she blocked a shot at the other end of the floor on defense.

The Wolfpack's lead ballooned to 46-29 on a Kastanek jumper at the 17:27 mark of the second half, after coming out of intermission with a 12-point advantage.

Florida Gulf Coast, a good mid-major team that already knocked off teams like Michigan State, Richmond and Virginia Tech this season, answered with a 29-9 run to take a 58-55 lead with 4:04 to play.

The lead grew to four, 61-57, on a three-pointer from the Eagles' Eglah Griffin (19 points) moments alter and looked like the Wolfpack was in jeopardy of being another BCS victim.

Hokies' Late Rally Falls Short

BLACKSBURG, Va. - After trailing by 26 in the second half, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team cut the lead down to 10 in the final two minutes, but were unable to overcome Cincinnati as the Bearcats held on to win 66-55 during the opening day of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic in Blacksburg, Va.

"We didn't play for 28 minutes and then we played extremely hard for 12 minutes," said head coach Dennis Wolff. I am very proud of the effort they had at the end. We need to try to play with that type of passion the whole time. Inefficiency at times on offense causes everyone to get frustrated and lose confidence."

Leading Virginia Tech (3-9) was Monet Tellier with 14 points. Latorri Hines-Allen recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Alyssa Fenyn added 13 points. Aerial Wilson handed out five assists.

Cincinnati (8-5) was led by Dayeesha Hollins with 26 points. Bjonee Reaves added 11 points while Chanel Chisholm grabbed nine rebounds.